Straight Talk Foundation reaches millions of young people through social media, print and radio. We have experience and expertise working with 17 Ugandan languages. The mass media component addresses diverse health and development themes packaged to address the diverse needs of STF audiences. Mass media products include prerecorded and live-talk Radio shows, radio snippets and spot messages, Young Talk newsletters, Straight Talk newsletters, and Braille publications for Young and Straight Talk. These are all published in several Ugandan languages.
Research and Evaluation (R and E) Department generates information to enhance evidence based programming. Evaluation in Straight Talk Foundation facilitates organization learning to inform decision making regarding overall STF programming. Systems to improve tracking of performance are in place, and ensure results based management and use of M and E guidelines which support systematic performance measurement through monitoring, evaluation and research. This department is key in providing strategic information, establishing and maintaining monitoring systems to track performance, carrying out quarterly performance reviews, and providing technical M&amp;E support to staff.
The livelihood and environment component provides a link to the population, health and environment sector within which Straight Talk Foundation works. We aim to improve rural livelihoods, environmental assets and build resilience towards the impact of climate change. These are delivered through Tree Talk and Farm Talk. To date 9.5 million trees have been planted. In addition, we build the capacities of teachers and communities in climate change adaptation and encourage integration of growing trees, agricultural crops and climate change issues into school plans. Schools have been supported to set up gardens and woodlots that are managed by the Young Farmers clubs in eight districts of Northern Uganda. This is augmented by Tree Talk (produced twice a year) and Farm Talk (produced three times a year) newspapers. The Livelihoods and environment department is currently implementing two projects:The Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) Project funded by the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala and the Restoration of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes of tobacco growing communities of Lango sub-region project, funded by British American Tobacco and jointly implemented together with Nature Uganda and the Tropical Biology Association.
We use our unique and long-standing experience in community outreach, sexual and reproductive health, local capacity development, and gender activities to contribute to HIV programming for diverse target audiences. Straight Talk Foundation has programs on HIV prevention among most at risk populations in the districts of Bugiri, Busia, Serere, Iganga, Kampala, Wakiso, Kasese, Kabale, Nwoya, Adjumani, Gulu and Kitgum. Interventions focus on providing comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health information and services among commercial sex workers, long distance truck drivers, uniformed persons, young couples, out of school youth, fishing communities and persons living with HIV. Training and development uses approaches such as peer education, community dialogues, outreaches and on call visits to schools.
Straight Talk Foundation promotes Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for young people with disability. We aim to improve the well being of this often under served group of young people. Disability increases vulnerability to several risks including HIV particularly for women with disability. Girls and women with disability are less likely to find partners and likely to have multiple sexual partners and experience harassment, rape, violence or abusive relationships. STF’s support in addressing this includes strengthening access to both information and services on SRH. Young people with disability are reached through peer education, IEC materials, school visits and through their teachers and caregivers.
All young people, including those with special needs and from the most vulnerable groups have the right to quality health care services. Unfortunately, this right is not a reality, particularly in the case of SRH services. Straight Talk Foundation Youth Centers in Moroto, Gulu, Kitgum, serve thousands of young people in the northern Uganda, Karamoja region and beyond. They provide both clinical and non-clinical services to a cross section of target populations through static sites and community outreaches. STF youth centers also provide capacity building to beneficiaries through trainings and mentorship. Interventions such as edutainment at youth centres are used as entry point to service delivery. In the youth centre approach to programming, interventions target various categories of young people in school, out of school, married, unmarried, living with HIV, persons with disability and significant adults adults in the lives of young people. The centers have been intentional in building relationships with local government, cultural and religious institutions hence providing support structures around the young people.